You sure it isn't 1961 in Chicago?
The Hawks may not have
And the Hawks may not have
Still, Hall had a record of 1-1 two games into the 1961 playoffs, which is just the same record that Niemi has two games into Chicago's series with Nashville. Some of the 23 saves Niemi made in shutting out the Predators 2-0 -- a sliding pad stop on
The Predators are in the series, thanks to their ability to slow down the speedy Blackhawks -- "Frustrating," Chicago captain
But don't expect Nashville to be able to keep the Blackhawks offense in check for long. The Predators' strategy of clogging up the ice is kind of like the little Dutch boy with his finger in the dike. First of all, that means you have only one hand left for other things (like creating offense). Second of all, it is only a matter of time before you have to take your finger out of the crack to scratch your nose, and we know what happens then ...
The Blackhawks flooded the offensive zone for long stretches. Toews hit a crossbar.
April of 1961, as you likely know, was the last time the Blackhawks won the Stanley Cup, a stretch of Cuplessness that is currently unmatched. There were some good years along the way and five trips to the finals. (Remember
Until now. This season's incarnation of the Hawks may not have